We were supposed to catch a plane from Islamabad to Gilgit in the northern mountain areas – a short but spectacular 1-hour flight. However, our flight got cancelled for bad weather and we had to wait TWO DAYS for another chance. So we decided to go by car!
The trip took around 12 hours along the Kararoram Highway and up over the Babusar Pass. When we left it was already early afternoon so we stayed overnight in Naran and continued the next day.
Initially there were lots of villages along the road including lots of people, shops, animals and all kinds of traffic (from the enormous decorated Pakistani trucks to rickshaws, motorbikes, donkey-carts etc) which made driving rather chaotic. There was not a lot of time to take pictures. Most of the photos were taken on the second day as we got into the mountains. And they were just shot from the car as we were driving.
Anyways it was really an experience! And it definitely gave a better impression of how far Gilgit and Hunza is from Islamabad if you don’t have the option to fly!
Having a quick rest and a tea with Mr Sherullah, our driver.
At the Babusar Pass 4173 m.
Naran by night
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Go back to Necropolis of Makli and Shah Jahan Mosque
Hikes to Rakaposhi Base Camp and Rakaposhi View Point
Day-trip to Khunjerab Pass & Pakistan-Chinese Border